I have been making with bias binding a LOT lately – whether on coasters, place mats or pouches, I have gone through METRES of the stuff. And with every coaster providing four corners to practice on, I have become pretty confident with mitred corners.
So, here’s my tutorial detailing how I keep my corners neat when working with bias binding.
Step 1: Sew almost to the end of the row, with right side of the bias binding against the right side of the fabric. (I’m using a contrasting thread to show the steps, yours should match the bias binding.) Stop roughly as far from the end as you are in from the edges, if possible.
Step 2: Fold the binding so that it is at a right angle to the side you’ve been working along, then back to run parallel to the bottom edge.
Step 3: Stitch through the folded binding, right in the corner.
Step 4: Continue around the edge, repeating this step at each of the three corners you encounter.
This tutorial isn’t about finishing off your binding – we’ll save that for another day! So let’s skip straight ahead to the next stage, with the binding folded over to the opposite side of the project.
Step 5: Attach the binding as you usually would, right up to the end of the row.
Step 6: Sew back through the binding at a point equal to the binding overhang. You’ll find the binding automatically folds itself into a corner. Use your fingers to ensure this fold is crisp. You can press the fold if you like, but I seldom find I need to.
Step 7: Fold the corner in, and sew through catching both edges and the fabric.
Step 8: And voilà – crisp, neatly bound corners!